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“Excellent outing for families with or without children”
Review of Newcastle Island

Newcastle Island
Ranked #5 of 56 things to do in Nanaimo
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Beautiful surroundings with ocean views all around, easy walking trails, various beaches, all very well maintained and clean. The 10 minute boat ride was fun and reasonable in price, with regular departure times in the summer. Limited concessions available in the bistro/restaurant

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

A slow, 10 minute, ferry ride ($5 return) from Nanaimo takes you to this beautiful island. No cars, only a couple of residences and a few campsites occupy Newcastle island. There are several trails of varying lengths from 2 km to 7.5 km, that are well groomed with zero litter. We took the outer (longer loop) through beautiful trees with spectacular vistas of the ocean and the mountains. Basically flat terrain with a couple of modest inclines. No real animals to speak of and no mosquitos (at least not in October). Wonderful island to chill, meditate, get some exercise and marvel at nature's beauty.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Park your car at 100 Comox Street in the 3 hour parking lot. Directly in front of the car park is a children's playground and the water. Walk to the water and the dock for the little ferry is there.
The map of the island is deceptive. It seems that it is a quick trip around the entire island. Actually, it is very long, but delightfully beautiful.
We went in October so there wasn't anything open and we didn't see any other people during out walk, although we did ride over and back on the ferry with some. We brought some food and had a picnic on the park benches. There are washrooms and latrines. We saw about 1/2 of the island in 3 hours and really want to go back again as it was so wonderful. We highly recommend it.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

This island is absolutely magic. It is a healing place, and has been for centuries, for the Snuneymuxw Nation and is very easy to understand why once one sets foot on it.

There is a fabulous trail for walking, witnessing, experiencing nature or gourmet running.

The views all the way around are spectacular. The beaches offer swimming, resting, deep breathing, rejuvenation for body mind and spirit. The building - I hope it always is maintained as is and nothing else is built on the island! - has an fascinating history and the best and biggest dance floor on the island. What a great place for events from weddings to productions to celebrations.

The island is pristine, kept so for centuries by Snuneymuxw First Nation and continues to be kept so. The Nation and keepers of the island offer story-telling and salmon bbq's through the summer that deepen the experience of visiting.

I LOVE that it is only accessible by water, too. It is a very special place to visit.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

A short ride across the harbour from Nanaimo, a selection of woodland and coastal trails on this small island. This is a good introduction to the forests of Vancouver Island, but is no match for the likes of Pacific Rim NP. More of a diversion away from town, or a place to picnic. One of the significant benefits of this place are the camping spots, and the activity I would genuinely reccommend if you venture here - peace and tranquility within sight of Nanaimo.

Date of experience: September 2017
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